Monday, April 29, 2013

Makeup Tip #29 - Helpful Mascara Tips

Mascara is one of the "must have" cosmetic essentials that most women will not live without.  Mascara transforms short and thin lashes into voluminous, long lashes that open up your eyes and add dimension.  The downside of mascara is that it can get clumpy and smear easily, so here are a few tips in helping you get the perfect look.

  • Curl lashes with an eyelash curler BEFORE applying mascara.
  • If your mascara wand comes out of the tube with tons of mascara on it, you may find that the mascara will leave big clumps in your lashes if you apply it right away.  To prevent this scenario, try wiping the wand with a clean tissue first and then re-insert the wand into the tube.  
  • If you are going to  apply mascara on your bottom lashes, start with the bottom lashes first before doing the top lashes.  This will prevent the "railroad" tracks from appearing.
  • Make sure to apply the majority of your mascara to the base of your lashes, working the wand from side to side.  Mascara is too heavy for the tips of your lashes, so you want to really work the product into the root and pull it through to the tips.
  • If you should accidentally get stray mascara under your eyes or anywhere else, BE PATIENT and allow the mascara to completely dry before wiping it away.  (Even though you may be using waterproof mascara, it will wipe off easily with a Q-tip if it is completely dry.)
  • Do you still have a few clumps in your lashes?  Use an eyelash comb (while the mascara is still wet) to separate the lashes.
  • To create really dramatic lashes, use primer first AND then apply 2 different formulas of mascara (i.e. a lengthening formula and a waterproof / volumizing formula).  Work really fast and alternately layer the different coats of mascara while the product is still wet.  Usually 2-3 coats of each mascara is more than enough to create really full and dramatic lashes.
  • Don't "pump" your mascara wand.  That only forces air into the tube and help to dry out the mascara.  Rotate the mascara wand in the tube to pick up as much mascara as you need.
Always remember to replace your mascara every 3 months!

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